Looking for Panelists: Berkshire Conference

Dear WHOMers,

I’m interested in developing a panel for the next “Big Berks” conference of women historians, which is meeting at UMass Amherst in June, 2011.  The theme of the conference is Generations, and I’m interested in exploring issues of sex, gender, race and labor surrounding generation using assisted reproductive technologies.

My own work examines the history of sperm banks in the United States, and in particular, looks at the interplay between medicine and the law as artificial insemination by donor, the first ART, moved from the shadows to the internet.  With possible unifying themes of commodification and markets in body and body products, eugenics and race, the changing notions of maternity, paternity and families, as well as the interplay between veterinary medicine and human medicine, I could imagine a panel shaped in several ways, depending on interest.  Please contact me at kara.swanson@drexel.edu no later than Feb. 15, 2010 if you are interested, and feel free to pass this message along to anyone you know who might be interested.  Berks panels need to have a chair and a discussant, as well as presenters, so if you are interested in the topic and/or in attending Berks, but don’t want to commit to presenting a paper, I’d love to hear from you as well.

For those unfamiliar with Berks,  Berks particularly and specifically welcomes non-historians, as well as independent scholars, students, filmmakers.  The CFP is http://www.berksconference.org/



New contact info:

Kara W. Swanson, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Earle Mack School of Law
Drexel University
3320 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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